Cypress Happenings

February 12, 2016

We NEED your feedback!

While we hope that you all feel comfortable to give us feedback at any time, it is the time of year when we are collecting formal feedback. You may have received a link from the district, but I wanted to reach out to each of you for your help. I would appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to provide us with feedback and insight on how we are doing here at Cypress. In LISD and at Cypress, we have a continuous improvement mindset and want to celebrate what we are doing well and hear your thoughts about how we can improve. I can't thank you enough for giving us your feedback at the following link...

Further, as of yesterday, we only had about 7% completion rate which is way behind many of the other LISD schools. I know that does not accurately represent Cypress at all. Thank you for taking the time to help Cypress rise to the top!

Leaders Welcoming Guests at State of the District Luncheon

Last Friday, twenty-three of our student leaders from 2nd - 5th grade were asked to welcome and seat visitors at the State of the District Luncheon. This was the second year in a row that Cypress leaders have been asked to serve in this capacity. Many community and business guests approached me as a result of their interaction with our students to share their compliments about our leaders and ask me about Leader in Me and what we are doing at Cypress.

Leaders at Leader in Me Symposium

Yesterday, several of our student leaders had the opportunity to serve as greeters, emcees or present at The Leader in Me Symposium in Austin. This symposium is attended by a multitude of educators from across the state and sometimes country. It was a great honor for our students to be an important part of this event. After the "Catch a Smile" presentation, many of the attendees approached our leaders to compliment them on all they are doing to make a difference!

Donation for Hill Country Community Ministries

We have another 4th grade student leader that is collecting donations for a very worthy cause. She is collecting food to donate to Hill Country Community Ministries or HCCM. She has already placed donation boxes around the school and is asking that you donate food like canned meats, canned pasta, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and much more! You can go to the store to buy items or just donate something from your pantry. Thank you for your support!

Field Day T-Shirt Orders

Field Day is almost here. If you are interested in a Field Day t- shirt please fill out the form attached to this email. Please make your check out to Cypress Elementary. Orders are due no later than February 22nd. If ordering multiple shirts please complete separate order forms for each t-shirt ordered but write one check.

Junior Scientist Fair Coming to Cypress!

We are so excited to announce a new event coming to Cypress this spring....a Junior Scientist Fair! Every child is invited and encouraged to participate! Students may work individually or in pairs. This Fair will be an extracurricular event with students expected to complete their project at home. Students may, however, seek guidance from their teacher if needed. There will be three categories for entries: Science Experiment, Reverse Engineering, or Invention. A special Junior Scientist Fair brag-tag will be awarded to all of our participants!

If your child wishes to participate, a signed permission is due by February 26, 2016. Please turn it in to your child’s homeroom teacher. For complete rules and information, see the documents attached to this email or visit the Cypress website for the document links!

Every child is a natural scientist and this is a great way to nurture their curious nature and show them that learning is fun! See you at the Junior Scientist Fair on April 28th!

7 Habits Flash

This week’s 7 Habits focus for Habit 4 - Think Win-Win is “When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.” Your children will be working to make a wheel of choice, thinking of third alternatives, during their guidance lessons with Mrs. Harman and referring to them in class when experiencing conflict. At home, talk with your children about resolving conflict using third alternatives. Think through some scenarios that your family has experienced in the past and discuss some win-win solutions.